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Announcing the Leadership Grand Rapids Class of 2021

Announcing the Leadership Grand Rapids Class of 2021

Each year, Leadership Grand Rapids, also known as LGR, welcomes a class of leaders to take part in an intensive community and professional leadership experience. The program, founded on the principles of community connections, leadership skills, diversity, and systems thinking, takes monthly deep dives into key community issues and topics. As a result, participants have a chance to deepen their understanding of the Grand Rapids landscape and develop the broad and inclusive mindset needed for community stewardship. In short, LGR is the program that cultivates the development and network of a community trustee.

A community trustee is someone who passionately works to create great community for all, through their decisions, actions and influence. They embrace the ideals of pluralism, diversity, advocacy, and the responsibility of social capital, while remaining committed to continuously learn, connect, and lead.

LGR has proudly been operating in the Grand Rapids community for over 30 years, and in that time has created a strong group of alumni who work toward improving our community at all levels. These alumni are change-makers both in and out of the workplace. While we welcome the incoming LGR class of 2021, numerous uncertainties remain as we continue to navigate the effects of COVID-19. With the support of over 1,100 LGR alumni, we are confident this class will do so with a fierce resiliency.

Ciarra Adkins, City of Grand Rapids & Law Office of Ciarra C. Adkins

Angela Burke, Palladian West

Veverly Austin, Veverly Austin Enterprises & Confident Wear

Emily Babson, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

Dr. Rhae-Ann Booker, Metro Health – University of Michigan Health

Carol Bremer-Bennett, World Renew

Jamie Carnes, Special Occasions Event Rental & Design

Matthew Cook, Lake Michigan Credit Union

Charles Dewitt, Kent County Sheriff’s Office

Loic Dimithe, Miller Johnson Attorneys

Jamie Dionne, MLive Media Group

Tiffany Ewigleben, Better Business Bureau Serving Western Michigan

Angelica Ferrer, Kent County

Linda Gellasch, Community Media Center

Shaquanda Gordon, SS Consulting & Services

Wafa Haddad, Noor’s Heaven of West Michigan Services

Pamela Hoekwater, Legal Aid of Western Michigan

Derrel Jackson, Entrepreneurial Executive

Kenneth James, Grand Rapids Chamber

LaKiya Jenkins, LINC Up

Jessica Johns, The StoreHouse of Community Resources

Matthew Johnson, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

Brianna Johnson, HR Collaborative

Heidi Kattula, East Grand Rapids Public Schools

Jason Loepp, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Admir Lugonjic, Baird

Lyndsay Martin, The Martin Group at Greenridge Realty, Inc.

Paola Mendivil, El Granjero Mexican Grill

Starr Morgan, Grand Rapids Early Discovery Center

Carrie Mull, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s

Dormica Oppenhuizen, Meijer

Angela Paasche, Saint Mary’s Foundation at Mercy Health

Robert Poel, Steelcase

Thomas Renner, Pennell CPA

Calli Schmid, Meijer

Mike Soltis, Priority Health

Lindsey Tilley, Amway

Dhaka Timsina, Bhutanese Community of Michigan, Farmers Insurance

Eric Van Duren, Spectrum Health

Matt Visser, Design Group International

Craig Wieschhorster, Grand Valley State University

Sarah Zuidema, The Children’s Advocacy Center of Kent County

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